Iraq / 2009

Journalists kidnapped, released in Afghanistan

December 16, 2009 5:26 PM ET

Three journalists, all on assignment for The Guardian, were kidnapped in December 2009 and released after six days, according to the paper. Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, an Iraqi, ad two unnamed Afghan journalists had been planning to interview militants in Afghanistan’s mountainous Kunar province near the border with Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province...

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Iraqi court fines Guardian for defaming al-Maliki

November 11, 2009 2:48 PM ET

New York, November 11, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists denounces a Baghdad court’s ruling that the London-based Guardian newspaper defamed Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, left, in an April 2009 article depicting increasing authoritarianism in his government. CPJ calls on an appeals court to overturn the decision. ...

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Cameraman killed in explosion in Iraq

October 21, 2009 3:12 PM ET

New York, October 21, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists mourns the death of‎ an Al-Rasheed television cameraman killed by an explosion in front of his home in Kirkuk today....

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CPJ calls U.S. detention of Ibrahim Jassam unjust

September 2, 2009 3:01 PM ET

CPJ called on U.S. military forces to charge or release journalist Ibrahim Jassam, who has been imprisoned in Iraq for one year as of today. Jassam, a freelance cameraman and photographer working for Reuters, has not been charged with a crime, and no evidence against him has ever been...

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Reporter's assassins remain at large one year on in Iraq

July 20, 2009 2:33 PM ET

New York, July 20, 2009--Authorities in Kirkuk province must bring to justice those responsible for the 2008 murder of journalist Soran Mama Hama, at left, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on the eve of the anniversary of the reporter's slaying. On the evening of July 21, 2008, unidentified gunmen murdered...

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Newsweek calls Bahari 'even-handed, widely respected'

July 1, 2009 5:12 PM ET

Newsweek has issued a statement on the detention of correspondent Maziar Bahari, who is detained in Iran. Newsweek points out that Bahari's work over many years has been "accurate, even-handed, and widely respected." The statement follows......

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Kurdish journalist concerned about safety

June 19, 2009 12:48 PM ET

New York, June 19, 2009--A journalist in the Iraqi Kurdistan town of Dukan said he is concerned about his safety after a confrontation with a security officer for the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) on Tuesday evening.   ...

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CPJ, JFO cite press freedom abuses in Iraq

June 10, 2009 11:45 AM ET

Dear Prime Minister al-Maliki: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO) would like to bring to your attention several issues that harm press freedom in Iraq. In recent months, our organizations have documented a number of assaults and instances of harassment committed by government officials against journalists in various parts of the country under the control of Iraq's central government.

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Journalist killed, three injured in separate attacks in Iraq

June 1, 2009 5:00 PM ET

New York, June 1, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists mourns the death of‎ an Al-Baghdadia television correspondent killed by a bomb attached to his car in Mosul, in northern Iraq, on Sunday....

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As Cairo speech nears, concerns for Obama

June 1, 2009 9:14 AM ET

Dear Mr. President: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing ahead of your scheduled speech in Cairo on June 4 to bring to your attention important matters that are crucial to the long-term success of your stated goal of engaging the people--and not just the regimes--of the Arab and Muslim worlds.

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